MARCH AGAINST GANG VIOLENCE: Area residents are invited to participate in a "March Against Gang Violence" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The march will start at the Stanislaus County Courthouse, 800 11th St., in downtown Modesto and end at Modesto High School, 18 H St. The event is sponsored by the Community Action Coalition of Stanislaus County along with the city of Modesto, the Stanislaus County Office of Education, the Stanislaus County Community Gang Task Force and many other organizations. For more information, call Jeremiah Williams at 568-3096.
A HOPEFUL GARDEN: Cancer Services of Memorial Medical Center invites local cancer survivors, their family members and their caregivers to join the new Hope Blooms Garden Club at its first meeting on June 4 at 10 a.m. Hope Blooms is a new addition to Memorial's program of complementary therapies to enhance the lives of patients as they proceed through their journeys of coping, recovering or healing after a diagnosis of cancer. Registration deadline is Wednesday. For information, contact Memorial's Cancer Services at 569-7789.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Catholic Charities would like volunteers to help a senior citizen in Ceres who needs help painting a mobile home on May 31. They also need someone to pressure wash the mobile home one day before. For more information, call Lynn 593-6112.
TENNIS LESSONS: The City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department and Future Stars will offer tennis lessons designed for beginner through advanced students, age 4 to adult. Lessons are Friday evenings at the Downey Community Park tennis courts, 1200 Brighton Ave. or Saturday mornings at the Beyer Community Park tennis courts, 3700 Beyer Park Drive. Tennis lessons have varying start dates from May to August. Register at the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department office, 1010 10th St., Suite 4400, or online at www.modestogov.com/econnect.
For more information, refer to the Summer 2008 Activity Guide
at www.modesto.com/prnd/activityguide or call 577-5344.
ART ENTRIES SOUGHT: Artists are wanted for the 2008 Art and Wine Festival. The event is Aug. 16 in downtown Modesto from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Artists of all media and subject matter, all skill levels, and from any location are welcome to participate. Applications are due June 18. For more information, contact Kadie Helton at the Central California Art Association's Mistlin Gallery at 529-3369 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
BEAD JEWELRY BASICS: The City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department will offer a bead jewelry class on June 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Modesto Senior Citizens Center, located at 211 Bodem St. The fee for the class is $55 for one session and includes all tools and supplies. Register at the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department office, 1010 10th St., Suite 4400, or online at www.modestogov.com/econnect. For more information, refer to the Summer 2008 Activity Guide at www.modesto.com/prnd/activityguide or contact Shannon Parker at 491-5944 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONCERTS IN THE PARK: The Ceres Recreation Department and the Ceres Concerts in the Park Committee is hosting the 20th Annual Ceres Concerts in the Park. The free concerts are Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Whitmore Park. Barbecue dinners are prepared and sold by the Ceres VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Also available are 20th-anniversary T-shirts. The following is the concert lineup:
- June 10 -- Senior Night, featuring Valley Christian, El Redentor, Ceres Christian, Victory and Richland Faith churches.
BLOOD DRIVE: Newman Fire Department, Fire Auxiliary and Delta Blood Bank will host a blood drive on Wednesday from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fire Department,1162 N St. For more information, call Claire Souza at 648-1344.
FAMILY FUN DAY: Oak Valley Hospital's Family Support Network will host its 11th Family Fun Day and Health Fair on June 1 from noon to 4 p.m. The event will feature health screenings, music, kids' crafts and lots of valuable information. The fair will be at the Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second St.
CAR WASH FUND-RAISER: A car wash will be held Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the McDonald's parking lot, 3050 Countryside Drive. Cost is by donation and all monies received will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. All donations are tax deductible. For more info, go to www.active.com/donate/tntsac/rbenson.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Passport in Time volunteer program for the Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne County will hold two sessions: Aug. 4-9 and Aug. 11-16. The 1880s barn at the historic Fahey Cow Camp on the Mi-Wok Ranger District is slated for repairs and volunteers are needed. To apply, check the Passport in Time Web site at www.passportintime.com or call the Mi-Wok Ranger District. Applications are due June 2. For more information, contact Stacy Lundgren, district archaeologist, at 586-3234, ext. 642, or email@example.com.
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RED POPPY DAY: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3199 will offer "buddy poppies," in exchange for donations that benefit the Veterans Relief Fund to help veterans and their families, today and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Raley's stores.
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